Category Archives: Internationals

Danke, Philipp!

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Just days after winning the World Cup, Germany skipper Philipp Lahm has decided to retire from international football. The right-back has ensured that he will leave Die Mannschaft on a high, having twice come close to lifting the trophy in 2006 and 2010 before finally lifting it in Brazil this year.

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The 6 Things that Defined the 2014 World Cup

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From joy to heartbreak, from creating history to missing opportunities – Brazil 2014 has seen it all. Germany may have won in the end, but over the 32 days, 64 matches and 12 cities that the World Cup was staged over, goals have been scored, hearts have been won and new superstars have emerged and careers have been defined. Total Football takes a look at the 6 things at this World Cup that have made it arguably the most memorable in recent years.

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France Does the Impossible and Ronaldo is Superman

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These two matches – France vs Ukraine and Sweden vs Portugal were billed in a completely different light. The former was supposed to be a done-deal, a mere formality for Ukraine after the 2-0 victory in Kiev last week, while the latter was dismissed as a dull affaire, fuelled by the Swedish Coach Erik Hamren publically stating that he would rely on the frosty conditions to get stem the threat of the Portuguese attack. And the Footballing Gods took one look at each fixture and said, “Let there be goals.”

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